Centralia (0-3, 0-0) at Carbondale (3-0, 0-0)
The Terriers are looking to get a quick start in the South Seven Conference race and start their season 4-0. Carbondale is coming off a weekend-long win over Waterloo. The Terriers have also defeated Murphysboro and Granite City. Centralia has struggled in the early going. The Orphans are coming off an overtime loss at Jerseyville. They have scored just 21 points through three weeks.
Althoff (0-3, 0-0) at Mount Vernon (1-2, 0-0)
There will be a bit of role reversal in this game tonight. Althoff, a perennial South Seven power, is limping along at 0-3, including last week’s 47-0 loss at the hands of Breese Mater Dei. Meanwhile, Mount Vernon broke a 23-game losing streak with last week’s 23-17 win over Triad. The Rams haven’t won a South Seven game since defeating Carbondale 36-6 Oct. 2, 2015.
Carterville (1-2, 0-0) at Du Quoin (3-0, 0-0)
Du Quoin rolled through the non-conference season knocking off Massac County, Harrisburg and Herrin. The Indians had to go to overtime last Friday to defeat Herrin 31-25. The big-play Indians open conference action with Carterville. The Lions routine was disrupted this week. They had to play Monday night, completing their game with Murphysboro that was suspended due to Friday’s storms.
Herrin (2-1, 0-0) at Benton (0-3, 0-0)
Both the Tigers and Rangers come into this game smarting from close calls last week. The Tigers lost in overtime to Du Quoin while Benton dropped a close 23-20 decision to Pinckneyville. The Tigers own victories over Waterloo and Carterville. Benton has lost to three SIRR Mississippi teams – Pinckneyville, Sparta and Carterville.
Nashville (3-0, 0-0) at Anna-Jonesboro (1-2, 0-0)
This promises to be an intriguing match-up. Nashville’s defense has been impeccable, yielding just six points in big wins over Carlyle, Massac County and Trenton Wesclin. The Hornets rolled over Wesclin 54-0 last week. Conversely, the non-conference schedule has been a slog for the Wildcats. Anna-Jonesboro lost games to West Frankfort and Murphysboro by a total of seven points. The Wildcats lone win is over Massac County.
Pinckneyville (2-1, 0-0) at Sparta (1-2, 0-0)
Both the Panthers and Bulldogs seem to be making progress this year. The Panthers went winless last year, but knocked off Red Bud in Week One. Tod Rushing’s team also owns a victory over Benton. At Sparta, the Bulldogs lost big to Freeburg in Week One, but then knocked off Benton and played undefeated West Frankfort to seven points last week.
Murphysboro (2-1, 0-0) at Massac County (0-3, 0-0)
Gary Carter’s Red Devils have a chance for three wins in a row when they travel to Massac County tonight. After losing to undefeated Carbondale in Week One, the Red Devils rebounded with wins over Anna-Jonesboro and Carterville. At Massac County, it’s been a tough start for Jason Roper. The Patriots have lost to Anna-Jonesboro, Du Quoin and Nashville.
Hamilton County (1-2, 1-2) at Fairfield (3-0, 3-0)
The Foxes are coming off a 34-6 loss at Chester, and their schedule doesn’t get any easier this week. Hamilton County heads to Fairfield to take on the high-scoring Mules. Fairfield earned a 52-0 win at Christopher-Zeigler-Royalton last week. The Mules are averaging just under 51 points per game.
Edwards County (2-1, 2-1) at Christopher-Zeigler-Royalton (0-3, 0-3)
The Lions are coming off a big win over Carmi last weekend. Edwards County is sitting near the top of the Black Diamond standings with a 2-1 mark. Sesser-Valier-Waltonville and Fairfield are undefeated while the Lions and Eldorado are 2-1. Christopher-Zeigler-Royalton is coming off a tough 52-0 home loss to Fairfield last week.
Johnston City (1-2, 1-2) at Sesser-Valier-Waltonville (3-0, 3-0)
The Indians broke into the win column Friday night with a 16-6 win over Vienna-Goreville. Johnston City used its quickness to offset Vienna-Goreville’s size advantage. The Indians will have to pull out all the stops this week on their trip to Franklin County. Sesser-Valier-Waltonville owns wins over Edwards County, Eldorado and Carmi.
Chester (1-2, 1-2) at Vienna-Goreville (1-2, 1-2)
This will be a huge win for either team in their playoff push. Chester opened the season 0-2, losing to preseason conference favorites Eldorado and Fairfield, before last weekend’s victory over Hamilton County. Vienna-Goreville is coming off a disappointing loss to Johnston City.